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Poster: jgmf Date: Sep 18, 2011 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB Official Releases?

"sheds light on Jerry's preparation for the June-July 1976 tour."

I have a Jerry-centric view of the world, and I view this as overly GD-centric. For the sake of good-natured argument, I hope, I'd suggest that it's a category error to view JGB shows as "preparation" for GD shows, as if they were warmups. These are two separate bands playing two largely separate repertoires by this time, notwithstanding the considerable overlapping personnel.

The Don't Let Go release (5/21/76) has a few gems, but it's way too slow and sleepy for my taste. I'd say it sheds light on what JGB was into in 1976 (a deep swampy gospel feel), may shed light on their drugs of choice (fill in for yourself), more than anything about the GD.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 18, 2011 1:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB Official Releases?

Before hearing Don't Let Go, I'd always been amazed by how *on* Jerry was in the early June 1976 shows, even though the band had only played a handful of shows since October 1974. When I realized the JGB had been touring right before June, it made more sense to me. Also, the gentler guitar tone he had been working on with JGB spilled over into the different sound he had in 1976 vs. 1975 or 1974.

No valuation of JGB vs. GD was intended.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Sep 18, 2011 11:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB Official Releases?

Agreed! Side projects would necessarily have been different and "separate" - why rehash the same music the GD was doing... No fun if it's the same old stuff.